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Contenders make moves, get head start on NHL trade deadline

Photo: Matthew Fournier
Photo: Matthew Fournier

Some of the NHL's top teams got a head start on the trade deadline by making moves.

Defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay got arguably the most sought player available by acquiring defenseman David Savard from Columbus in a three-team trade Saturday.

It cost the Lightning three draft picks to make it happen.

NHL-leading Colorado paid a smaller price for backup goaltender Devan Dubnyk in the form of a depth defenseman and a fifth-round pick going to San Jose.

Florida sent a third-round pick to Buffalo for defenseman Brandon Montour in a move that fills the void left by Aaron Ekblad's season-ending injury.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.